Missing men cases confound authorities
Imagine saying goodbye to a husband and seeing him off from home only for him to vanish and never return. It's the real-life nightmare three Central Indiana families say they're enduring this holiday season.
In a span of 11 months, 29 year-old Brad Hensley of Plainfield, 42 year-old Walter Smith of Franklin and 54 year-old Tony Jarrett of Indianapolis have gone missing.
"We just really hope that we just get that small bit of information that we need to get the ball rolling," to find them, said Plainfield Police Department Sergeant Jill Lees.
The most recent disappearance was last week, when Jarrett told his wife he was going fishing along the banks of the White River, in Indianapolis. He never came home. His wife searched along the river this past weekend.
"If he got hurt or something, and froze to death out here, you know, I'd want somebody to be looking for me," said Johnetta Jarrett.
Smith, of Franklin, was last seen leaving his home in September. Police eventually found his car, abandoned.
"It's not been good," said Smith's daughter, Natasha. "It's hurt me so bad because I love my dad so much."
Hensley's disappearance is perhaps the most puzzling. Like Smith, Hensley left his home for work in early January. Despite searches by foot, and by air, police say there is still no trace of Hensley or his Jeep. His cell phone and credit cards haven't been used in almost a year.
"It's so frustrating," said Hensley's wife, Kristin. "I feel like someone knows something."
Though foul play hasn't been ruled out in any of the disappearances, there is, according to police, no hard evidence to rule it in.
If you have any information on these missing men, you are asked to call police
Indianapolis Police: (317) 327-3264
Franklin Police: (317) 736-5111
Plainfield Police: (317) 839-2566